In recent years, loneliness has become a growing epidemic in the United States and around the globe.
This isolation is a combination of physical, emotional and geographical separation from others, as well as a societal shift in family norms and care practices.
While it is difficult to determine the prevalence of loneliness, current estimates indicate that it could impact up to 17 percent of Americans over the age of 50.
As baby boomers ease into retirement, more and more medical practitioners are seeking a solution. But because each person experiences loneliness differently, and for different reasons, there is no one-size-fits-all answer.